Why Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is deleting his Facebook account

Why Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is deleting his Facebook account

Why Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is deleting his Facebook account

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is leaving Facebook out of growing concern for the carelessness with which Facebook and other Internet companies treat the private information of users. In an email to USA Today, Wozniak said that people entrust their personal details on Facebook which in return generates money from this information.

Wozniak also said he would rather pay a fee to Facebook than have his information used for advertising.

Wozniak told the newspaper that while Facebook and similar social media websites are free for users, those companies sell advertising based on the demographics of users. "As they say, with Facebook, you are the product".

Facebook has recently come under fire over its handling of user data.

However, Steve continues to be attached to his Facebook handle "stevewoz" and is loath to give up on that, not even for another Steve Wozniak. The CEO also called for new data-privacy legislation, saying that while his preference is for industries to self-regulate, "I think we're beyond that here". "I did not feel that this is what people want done to them", he said.

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This weekend, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak joined its numbers.

Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before congressional committees in Washington this week about the Cambridge Analytica episode and Facebook's response. In his words, Facebook is essentially making money on the identities and info of its users without the users seeing any of the proceeds. Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk deleted Facebook pages for Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX.

Facebook is now enmeshed in several scandals, including the issue of privacy protocols in the wake of user data furnished to British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Wozniak's statements marks the latest in the present back-and-forth between tech figures and Facebook as the company faces intense scrutiny on top of public outcry over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Zuckerberg in return hit back on Cook by calling his comments extremely "grib".

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